Boy Shorts

AKA: boy-leg shorts, boy-leg briefs, booty shorts, shorties

How to say it: boi shawrt

Traditional Features:

  • sits on the hip
  • has short ‘legs’ that extend past the crotch
  • wide sides
  • covers the bottom
  • modelled on men’s boxer briefs









Origins of the style: Women have been wearing underpants in one form or another for a long time and before they took on the elasticated, tight-fitting forms that we know today, many women’s underwear was modeled on a pair of shorts.

Despite this long history of women wearing undershorts, modern boy shorts didn’t become popular until the beginning of the 21st century. The 1990s was the decade of the thong/g-string and skimpy underwear was the popular way to avoid a VPL (visible panty line). At the turn of the century fashions changed and so did popular underwear; boy shorts rose in popularity as they were a more modest and offered more coverage than thongs but when properly fitted, were just as effective in the fight against a VPL.

I couldn’t find much information about boy shorts, who invented them or why, but boy-leg swimsuits have been around since the 1920s so I assume the longer legged underwear was somewhat inspired by the swimwear styles. Boy shorts were initially popular among teenagers and college students before quickly spreading to the rest of the female population. Its comfort and modesty makes it appealing to women of all ages and its complete coverage of the pelvic area also make boy shorts a popular choice of loungewear and sleepwear.

As the 21st century progresses boy shorts still maintain a strong presence on the lingerie market and come in a wide variety of fabrics and styles, making them appeal to a wide range of women regardless of what she is wearing on top and ensuring that boy shorts will have a place in women’s wardrobes for a long time to come.

Origins of the name: The cut of the leg of boy shorts is similar to that of men’s underwear, particularly underwear for boys, hence the name.

Other random facts:

  • mens boxer shorts were invented in 1925 by Jacob Golomb, founder of Everest.

Boy Shorts in the modern marketplace

Boy shorts are a common sight on the modern lingerie market and are available in a wide range of fabrics, colours, designs and price points. From full lace styles to those that closely mimic men’s boxers, the style appeals to a wide range of women and can be worn under almost anything.


I couldn’t find a lot of information about boy shorts but what I could find came from here: Wikipedia, WiseGeek, LingerieDiva, LocalHistories


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